please comment - my first classes

Sean 'Shaleh' Perry shalehperry at
Fri Mar 14 08:09:36 CET 2003

On Thursday 13 March 2003 22:53, Hilbert wrote:
> Hello,
> I started writing a script to keep track of my
> bookmarks.
> This is the first script where I'm using classes.
> I wanted to ask your opinions so that I know
> I'm on the right (or wrong) path
> I want to turn this into a cgi script, so the input
> part is just for testing. I'm not sure if this is the
> correct way for setting up the groups class.
>  def Print(self):
>   print,':',,':',self.url

this is my only major issue with your class design.  Depending on print limits 
your class's usefulness.  You are better off implenting something like your 
asTuple() method and passing that to print:

print myclass.asString()

in Python a common way to accomplish this is via __str__ or __repr__:
>>> class Foo:
...   def __str__(self):
...     return "I am foo"
>>> f = Foo()
>>> print f
I am foo

Now your class can be used in cgi's, GUIs, text based programs, etc.

As a purely matter of style, your naming convention is reverse from what I am 
used to.  In projects I have worked on classes/types get capital letters, 
methods as studlyCaps (note the first word is lower case) and variables get 
names_like_this.  Often you will see functions declared like_this() as well.

class Bookmark:
  def __init__(self, group, name, url): = group = name
    self.url = url
  def __str__(self):
    return '%s:%s:%s' % (,, self.url)

  def asTuple(self):
    return (,, self.url)

class BookmarkGroupDb: pass

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